First painting - My association with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, as it relates to artwork, began in 1985 with the boy on a hospital bed looking out the window. The painting was entitled Just Another Nice Day. The models (plural, because the figure is a composite of two boys) were twins. They were the sons of a hospital employee and alternated for the posing as one was not comfortable with an open hospital gown, the other couldn’t have cared less. Reproductions of this painting were used for years as gifts to prominent donors and international dignitaries. A Copy of this painting was presented to the Beijing Children's Hospital representatives who came to Ottawa on an exchange tour.
Second painting (drawing) - TLC was created in 1987
In 1998, I completed two additional paintings for the hospital.
Third painting - Entitled : Everything'll Be OK was the female counterpart to the 1985 painting Just Another Nice Day. Though only coming about in 1998, I would like to think she was worth the wait. It isn’t easy creating a “warm” scene when intravenous equipment is a major part of the picture story. So it took me a bit of time to come up with this composition.
The last but according to Hospital officials , not the least is the painting which represents the importance of The Teddy Bear’s Picnic - an annual event in Ottawa which is very dear to the children of the region. Based on the television series MASH, it is to this event that kids bring their broke or “ill” teddy bears to be operated on and made better. Arms are sewn back on, missing eyes and tails replaced and for those bears just visiting - a sling for their strained elbows or a cast for their twisted leg can be registered for. All operations take place in MASH like tents where volunteers in appropriate garb (both medical and secular) repair and “operate” on the not well Teddy Bears - making them feel all better.
I am a painter and writer who's whole life has been influenced by one precept : "thinking each our own thoughts makes us relevant and relevance makes us powerful."